Stanley "Tookie" Williams, founder of the West Side Crips
The Westside Crips were an African American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California in 1971 by Stanley "Tookie" Williams. Stanley "Tookie" Williams met Raymond Lee Washington (who had already started the East Side Crips in 1969) in 1971, and the two decided to unite their local gang members from the west and east sides of South Central, Los Angeles in order to battle neighboring street gangs. Most of the members were seventeen years old at the time. Williams recalled that a blue bandanna was first worn by Crips founding member Buddha, as a part of his color-coordinated clothing of blue Levi's, a blue shirt, and dark blue suspenders. A blue bandanna was worn in memorium to Buddha after he was shot and killed on February 23, 1973, which eventually became the color of blue associated with Crips. What was once a single alliance between two autonomous gangs is now a loosely connected network of individual sets, often engaged in open warfare with one another. Today, the Westside Crips are represented by all neighborhoods claiming the Neighbor Hood Crips , Mafia Crips and Rollin 0s card.